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Conductor Binder?

I use a black 3-ring binder to hold my music, but have to replace them regularly because of wear and tear.  They just don't hold up.  Any ideas on some type of replacement that will last longer than the $5.00 black vinyl ones?  I'm looking for something a little sturdier, more substantial, and, actually, a little more formal and nice.  What do YOU use?
on December 23, 2009 10:09am
Philip: The standard 3-ring binders from Office Max, but not the super cheap ones. The D-ring binders hold more, make it more readily available, and stand up so well that I have bindners filed that go back quite a few years. I use similar binders in different colors for my class notes. Mostly 1" binders, although slightly larger are sometimes preferable as long as they aren't so big as to be awkward to carry.
For our consorts at Indiana we used to use the super cheap cardboard and paper black binders and replaced them (for under a buck in the '70s) when they fell apart, and they got LOTS of use! Including a full week of Madrigal Dinners each December on table-stands.
There are certainly fancier and more beautiful CHORAL folders, some with hand straps and very suitable for soloist use, but I don't thing I've seen similar folders intended for conductors, who usually want to keep their full scores separate rather than in a binding.  If your dealing only with octavos or standard 8.5 x 11" paper a binder is fine, but full scores come in a huge variety of sizes, up to 11 x 17" or A3 size.
All the best,
on December 23, 2009 3:48pm
Staples sells a very sturdy binder, It's a black binder with a Grey rubber edging, so that the ends do not wear off. It is about a $10.00 binder, but i have had it for about 3 years now. Easily, this was one of my smartest purchases since I started teaching/conducting. It has a clear front and side pocket for labeling purposes. Check it out and give it a try.
Lots of luck, 
Lynn G. Atkins, MM/DMA Candidate
Doctoral Assistant to the Director of Choral Activities
Conductor, JMU Treble Chamber Choir
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
on April 26, 2013 3:43pm
Hi Philip,
I have a solution for you (better late than never; I notice your post was from a while ago but it's a question of common interest):
The RingBinder folder we manufacture for directors, accompanists and singers cannot fail by splitting along the seams like those cheap vinyl ringbinders, because under the durable textured leatherette, there is a one-piece core of dense paperboard. It uses creases to permit it to flex, not separate sections joined by a breakable thin vinyl weld.
We just launched a lower-cost Basic RingBinder as well, and in the coming Fall (2013) I have plans for some new folders specifically for conductors and band / orchestra.
Lastly, FYI, the other popular choice of conductors is the deluxe version of The Black Folder from
They're all extremely durable and well-received, as you can read for yourself from the 3rd-party customer reviews we have linked to the folder pages, online.
Ian BullenThe RingBInder folder
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